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Bags of election mail stolen in Welcome Bay

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 9:00 a.m.

Tauranga City Council’s Electoral Officer, Warwick Lampp has been informed that two mailbags containing 290 voter packs were stolen from New Zealand Post last week.

“New Zealand Post have advised me that last Monday September 23 two mail bags were stolen. These bags contained an estimated 400 items of mail which had been sorted for delivery to 195 households in nine streets in Welcome Bay. The stolen mail included 290 voter packs for the TCC election, and affected some but not all residents in these nine streets.” says Mr Lampp.

Some residents in these streets were delivered their voter packs on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September, so not all households were affected. The streets concerned are:

  • All of Lucerne Place, Ryegrass Dell, Cloverlea Walk
  •  Parts of Pampas Grove, Harbourside Way, Meadowviews Drive, Ridgemount Terrace, Orion Drive, and a small portion of Welcome Bay Road

All potentially affected residents have been identified by the Electoral Officer and have been sent special votes by Fastpost.

The voting period is from Friday, 20 September until 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2013 with the results being announced later that day.

New Zealand Post wrote to all affected households on 27 September to notify them of this crime. Police have also been notified, and if the offender(s) are identified New Zealand Post will seek to have them prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Anyone with information relating to this offence should contact the Tauranga Police Station on 577 4300.

Any queries are to be made to the Electoral Officer, Warwick Lampp, Ltd, on the free phone Election Hotline 0508 440 011.

Warwick Lampp, Electoral Officer

Tauranga City Council

0508 440 011

021 498 517

 Election Hotline: Freephone 0508 440 011